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Roles Reverse as North Branch Wins Rematch

Roles Reverse as North Branch Wins Rematch
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday’s final MHSAA Volleyball Final felt familiar – and not just because North Branch and Lake Odessa Lakewood wore nearly identical uniforms.  It wasn’t long ago that the Class B powers met to finish another season, and a Lakewood team fille...
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Practice Makes Champion for Saline

Practice Makes Champion for Saline
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saline swimming coach Todd Brunty often ends practice the same way, setting up a relay with the atmosphere of a race that would decide the outcome of a meet. Practice became reality Saturday afternoon at the Michael H. Jones Natatorium on the campus of Eastern Michiga...
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Last Year's Runners-Up Take Next Step

Last Year's Runners-Up Take Next Step
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Emily Converse, Gabby Higgins, Rileigh Eding and Riley Kishman all had a year to replay the races in their minds. A fraction of a second here, an extra lean there — that's all that stood between them and individual championships at the 2013 MHSAA Division 3 Lowe...
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Final Relay Win Gives Marian Team Title

Final Relay Win Gives Marian Team Title
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Heading into this year’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Finals, Bloomfield Hills Marian coach William Thompson expected a wide-open battle. He also expected the title to be decided in the final race.
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'Hot Hand' Helps Romeo Land Class A Title

'Hot Hand' Helps Romeo Land Class A Title
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Romeo volleyball coach Stacy Williams didn’t feel comfortable Saturday until her team needed only one more point to win the MHSAA Class A Final. That made sense for a couple of reasons.
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St. Mary Sends Tuller Out as Champ

St. Mary Sends Tuller Out as Champ
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central wasn’t always the best team in Class C this season. Longtime coach Diane Tuller wasn’t sure at the start of this fall if these Kestrels had “what it took” to win the school’s fifth MHSAA championship and sec...
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Nine Just Fine for Record-Setting St. Phil

Nine Just Fine for Record-Setting St. Phil
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The last two seasons, Emily Schaub set Battle Creek St. Philip squads that weren’t supposed to continue the program’s near-decade of MHSAA Finals dominance. But No. 1 in the regular-season rankings doesn’t mean much compared to number nine in the rec...
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Highlight Reel: Class A Semifinals

Highlight Reel: Class A Semifinals
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Novi volleyball team defeated Grand Haven 3-2 in a Class A Semifinal on Friday, and Romeo followed with a 3-0 victory over Temperance Bedford. Click for highlights.
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Highlight Reel: Class D Semifinals

Highlight Reel: Class D Semifinals
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Battle Creek St. Philip volleyball team defeated Waterford Our Lady in a Class D Semifinal on Friday, and Leland followed with a 3-2 victory over Onaway. Click for highlights.
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Lawrence Completes Turnaround with Title

Lawrence Completes Turnaround with Title
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Derek Gribler was a sophomore at the Lawrence school board meeting two years ago when it was decided the Tigers would try 8-player football the following fall. There was skepticism. Some simply didn’t like the move. But Friday night, it was hard to imagine a bett...
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